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The Sunday Best (5/24/2020)

The Sunday Best

The Sunday Best is a collection of articles I’ve curated from the furthest reaches of the internet for your reading pleasure.

Every week, I scan hundreds of headlines, read dozens of posts, and bring you the best of the best to save you time and mental energy.

Financial Independence (FI) is a primary focus, but it’s an awfully broad topic. I tend to approach FI and early retirement from a fatFIRE perspective and through the lens of a physician, so expect to see those biases in the selected articles.

Related topics that have become recurrent themes include early retirement, selective frugality, tax issues, travel, physician issues, and of course, investing.

For more great articles, take a peek at The Sunday Best Archives. Now let’s get to the best… The Sunday Best!



The Sunday Best


Dr. Brent Lacey, who wields The Scope of Practice, somehow decided to kick off his podcast by interviewing me. Then he released talks with a former surgeon general, an astronaut, and Sarah Fallaw, the daughter of Dr. Thomas Stanley and author of “The Next Millionaire Next Door.” Podcast Episode 01 – Smart Strategies to Achieve Financial Independence with Physician on FIRE.


Income, frugality, and investment returns are three crucial components of achieving FI. Life Outside the Maze runs the numbers to determine which matters most. What is Most Important: Earning More, Spending Less, or Investing?


You know you can earn more and spend less at the same time with little effort? By taking advantage of geographic arbitrage, of course. Accidental FIRE has compiled a wealth of resources to aid you in the endeavor. Geoarbitrage Tools & Resources


It takes two to tango, and if you’re married, it takes two to FIRE. Joel, the new voice of Budgets are Sexy describes Getting my wife on board with the FIRE lifestyle.



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How does one put together an investment portfolio? Follow along as The White Coat Investor puts together several of them for individuals and families with varying needs. Portfolio Construction Case Studies.


I continue to invest in this stock market, but it doesn’t always feel good. Ben Carlson of A Wealth of Common Sense digs into the data to answer a question many of us are asking. Is the Stock Market Overvalued?


The Future Proof MD asked the same question, and he came up with a Yes. He throws out the rule book and explains Why I Sold All My Stocks.


That’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off. Eventually, he’ll want to invest in stocks again, though. Mike Zaccardi of Humble Dollar talks about the strategies for Getting Back In.


If you choose to steer clear of the stock market for a while, real estate investments might be worth looking into. Passive Income MD explains The Different Types of Real Estate Crowdfunding Deals.


What strategies do you employ in a financial crisis? Many people are experiencing exactly that right now, and Dr. Cory S. Fawcett has a roadmap. The “Golden Week” is Crucial in a Financial Crisis.


We’ve also got a public health crisis on our hands, and it’s going to change healthcare delivery permanently. Chris Byers of The Doctor Weighs In discuesses the coming changes. Healthcare Workflows To Transform Exponentially Post-Pandemic.


Transportation is another arena that may never be the same, especially if mass transit loses favor. The Financial Panther, who has never purchased a car, weighs in. Micromobility In A Post-Pandemic World – More Important Than Ever.


Get a Free Copy of The Physician Philosopher’s Guide to Personal Finance


Our friend Dr. James Turner is giving away digital copies of his book, the paper version of which sells for over $20 on Amazon, to participants who partake in one of four sessions of his upcoming webinar.


The 3 Myths to Finding Financial Freedom: How to Build a Cash Flow Plan without a detailed line-by-line budget or the guilty spending! 


You can join him at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific (happy hour!) on one of four upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, May 28
  • Tuesday, June 2
  • Thursday, June 4
  • Tuesday, June 9


The webinar is free, and if you stick around to the end, you’ll score the free gift of his book. You’ll also hear more about the more detailed educational course he’s got coming up — Medical Degree to Financially Free. Expect to hear more about that later this week!

Free Book, Please!



A Few Changes This Week


Instead of publishing new material this week, I sent a 5-day “welcome series” of emails to subscribers new and old. I realized that I’ve done a poor job of orienting new readers to the website, so I wanted to have a uniform way of letting people know who I am and what this site is all about.

If you’d like to receive those emails, you can sign up for them here.

I also made a new logo this week. I was planning to hire it out, but playing around a bit with Photoshop, I came up with this.


2020 Physician on FIRE Logo_400


That’ll look good on a tee shirt, don’t you think?


I also updated the look on the homepage again. The featured posts seemed really scrunched together (on desktop / laptop), so I put two side-by-side to make that section look just like the new posts that follow. I also created featured images for those posts that match the newer ones with the logo.

Finally, I worked behind the scenes to improve site speed. That should give you a better experience as you click around, and Google likes fast websites. I was happy with the back-end changes that have made a significant impact in how quickly things load for you here.


Page Speed 100


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Have an outstanding week!

-Physician on FIRE


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